WASHINGTON Feb 12 President Barack Obama is
looking for steps his administration could take to limit carbon
pollution and prepare cities for climate change, measures that
will be considered if Congress fails to act on the issue, senior
administration officials told reporters on Tuesday.
Obama proposed on Tuesday to divert some of the royalties
from the boom in oil and gas production to invest in research
for electric and natural gas vehicles and biofuels, part of a
plan to tackle climate change described in his State of the
Obama will ask Congress to make the production tax credit
for wind, solar and geothermal power permanent and refundable to
try to double renewable energy production by 2020, and in his
budget in coming weeks, he plans to propose incentives for state
governments that take steps to increase energy efficiency.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason, Mark Felsenthal and Roberta Rampton;
Editing by Eric Beech)